• The stupidity of smart devices

    There's a lesson to be learned when your digital clock misplaces an hour

    The space time continuum of my life was briefly warped Saturday afternoon when my alarm clock suddenly dropped an hour. Not only had it mixed up PM with AM, but it was confused -- permanently, it turns out -- about when Daylight Saving Time ends.

    Programmed more than five years ago, the chip that runs my clock was never informed MORE

    - Nov 1, 2010 12:06 PM ET
  • 'Momentum' drives AOL to Android before iOS

    As Android adoption passes that of iPhone, some big developers are opting to build for Android first and iPhone later.

    Android activation rates are at 160,000 per day according to Google (GOOG) at their earnings call last week.  Those numbers look to skyrocket further with big launches of the Verizon Droid X and Samsung Galaxy lines (which passed a million alone, in its first three weeks).

    That activation rate is already significantly MORE

    - Jul 22, 2010 12:36 PM ET
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  • New Android OS helps Nexus One browser beat iPhone 4

    Android 2.2 includes speed and browser updates (with Flash!) that allow the 6-month old Nexus One to browse the web faster than the brand-new iPhone 4.

    Don't believe Google's I/O hype!  They said that the new Android 2.2 OS would propel the Nexus One browser to speeds significantly faster than the speedy Apple iPad (video below), never mind competing with the speed of last year's iPhones.

    But the iPad runs the third generation MORE

    - Jul 7, 2010 4:16 PM ET
  • Can Apple save Apple TV?

    There might just be a market for a $99 iPhone (without the phone bill) that plugs into your TV

    I tried to live with Apple TV for a couple months last year, but our relationship never quite clicked.

    Maybe it was my fault. Other people seem to like the thing (although it has all-but disappeared since then from Apple's online store).

    In any event, I found the movie and TV selection limited, MORE

    - May 28, 2010 2:27 PM ET
  • Apple wants its secret iPhone back

    The end of the cloak-and-dagger tale of a lost or stolen prototype

    Now that most of the pieces are in place, the story turns out to be pretty straightforward.

    On March 18, a young Apple (AAPL) engineer had a few too many drinks at a beer garden in Redwood City, Calif., and left his cellphone behind on a bar stool. A customer picked it up, saw that it looked like an iPhone, MORE

    - Apr 20, 2010 7:05 AM ET
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